Ho Chi Minh City, 15 October 2018 – 3rd Saigon Gourmet Week at Sofitel Saigon Plaza “ A culinary event for the most discerning food connoisseurs of Saigon “, showcasing innovative menus delicately crafted by 4 Michelin-star Chefs and 1 Celebrity Chef for this exclusive event only. Taking place between 13th to 18th November 2018 at Sofitel Saigon Plaza.

This exclusive gastronomic event brings together three Michelin-star Chef Bruno Ménard (Singapore), two Michelin-star Chef Michel Portos (Marseille, France), one Michelin-star Chef Jean-Francois Bérard (La Cadiére d’Azur, France), one Michelin-star Chef Jérôme Laurent (Shanghai, China) and Celebrity Chef Régis Triguel (Moscow, Russia).

This year’s event is honored to have diamond sponsor Lexus - the world’s leading luxury car brand. With the same goal of creating luxury lifestyle experiences, Lexus and Sofitel are hoping to bring exhilarating moments, for gourmet lovers in Saigon.

Chefs will cook together for cooking classes, lunches and dinners with each event featuring 2 to 3 chefs. Every event, every menu will be different to underline how subtle and innovative high gastronomy can be.

The highlight of the week will be the Chefs Battle and Gala Dinner on Saturday, 17 November 2018 in the Diamond Hall. All 5 chefs will team in with local talents to prepare the main course for 120 lucky guests. The gala dinner will include a 4-course dinner crafted by Executive Chef Stéphane Postoyan and his team, plus the main course as the results of the Chefs black box. It promises to exceed your expectations by bringing the best food, wine and service together while being given the opportunity to watch chefs’ creative talents live. The Chefs battle will be judged by Celebrity Chef Jack Lee amongst other stars.

Then, the week will end in style with the Stars Brunch on Sunday, 18 November 2018 at Mezz. Indulge the last day of this amazing culinary week with free flow of champagne, brunch stations designed by both Executive Chef Stéphane Postoyan and guest chefs to showcase the best ingredients Vietnam has to offer.

The 3rd Saigon Gourmet Week is set to strengthen the commitment of Sofitel Saigon Plaza as an Ambassador of French art-de-vivre where guests are offered the best French values of cuisine and culture in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. “Sofitel Saigon Plaza prides itself in providing a culinary event for the most discerning food connoisseurs in Saigon. The gathering of Michelin-star Chefs and Celebrity Chef highlights Sofitel Saigon Plaza as a landmark of gastronomy in Ho Chi Minh City”, said Mr. Olivier Revy, General Manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza.

The 3rd Saigon Gourmet Week is co-hosted by Disciples of Escoffier Vietnam, a French association of more than 25,000 chefs from over 26 countries. Transfer of culinary knowledge and passion is one of their core values. The event is in partnership with Lexus, Air France, Annam Professional, Badoit, Clement Design, EuroChef, Evian, Giesser, Nespresso, Marou, Tan Khoa, Aden, Le Corto, Red Apron, The Warehouse, Répertoire Culinaire VN, The FarmHouse, IndoGuna, Celliers d’Asie, Candia Professional and Andros.


13 - 16 November 2018, 10:00AM
VND 1,250,000++ including 3-course set lunch
Cooking class – Mezzanine of Mezz Restaurant, Level 2
Lunch - L’Olivier Restaurant, Level 2


13 - 16 November 2018
VND 950,000++ for 3-course set lunch (food only)
VND 1,650,000,000++ for 3-course set lunch including wine pairing

13 - 16 November 2018
VND 2,250,000 ++ for 5-course set dinner (food only)
VND 2,950,000++ for 5-course set dinner including wine pairing

L’Olivier Restaurant, Level 2


17 November 2016, 6:00PM - 10:00PM
VND 2,950,000++ for 5-course set dinner including wine pairing

Diamond Hall, Lobby Level



18 November 2018
VND 1,750,000++ for food only
VND 2,250,000++ free flow wines
VND 2,750,000++ free flow champagne and wines

Mezz Restaurant, Level 2
Prices are subject to 5% service charge and 10% VAT.
For more information or advance reservation, please call +842 8 3824 1555 or email
[email protected]




Chef Bruno Ménard was destined to be a chef before he was even born. The son of famous French chocolatier, he grew up surrounded by those with a passion for cuisine and a deep-rooted appreciation for the sensual side of cooking. Since entering the business at a young age, he has spent more than 35 years in some of the world’s top kitchens, starred as a judge on MasterChef Asia and created the Bocuse d’Or Academy Singapore. Bruno was awarded by the French government the title of “Chevalier de L’Ordre du mérite Agricole”, among many other official awards.  At age 27, he became the youngest French chef to obtain 17 of 20 points and three red chef’s toques in the Gault & Millau guide for the Le Golden Restaurant in Niort. At age 40 he earned 5 stars in the Mobil Travel guide and 5 diamonds in the AAA (American Automobile Association) guide for The Dining Room Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta. In 2008, he opened the restaurant “L’Osier” in Tokyo (Japan) where he receives 3 stars by the Michelin Guide as one of the nine restaurants in Tokyo awarded with the highest recognition of 3 stars straightaway for the first edition of Michelin Guide Tokyo.


Chef Michel Portos was born in Marseille, France. Though not destined to become a chef, he decided to follow his passion, heart and palate. Chef Michel opened his own restaurant “Côté Théâtre” in Perpignan which was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2002. Eight years later, in 2009, it received its second Michelin star for his bold, creative and irresistible dishes. He was nominated “Chef of the Year 2012” at Saint-James (Bordeaux, France).  In 2011, Chef Michel was one of the semi-final judges in the famous TV show MasterChef France.

Influenced by both Asian and Mediterranean dishes, Chef Michel’s cuisine “shakes up the palate” and with its depth, surprises, astounds, and seduces. Michel interprets acidic flavors with masterful dexterity, adding “crunchy” elements to balance them. Michel Portos cuisine is known for its textures, contrasts and new flavors combinations. With its sincerity, its intensity but also its impertinence, he challenges everything you ever took for granted.


Chef Jean-François Bérard is a charming, dynamic chef committed to upholding the traditions of his beloved Provence. Jean-François Bérard loves cooking – the passion handed down to him by the grandmother of the family, then his father. From his grandmothers to his father, all nurtured his taste for great cuisine, Southern France products and expressing emotions with food. His vocation was born when he was just a little boy. He then followed the teachings of his father René Bérard - one of the finest ambassadors of Provencal cuisine - and went on to develop his own signature style.

René and Jean-François Bérard remain inseparable and Jean-François is proud to perpetuate his father’s unique legacy with their family-owned hotel, spa and 1-Michelin starred restaurant. He cherishes his kitchen garden, overflown with fabulous aromatic plants, heritage vegetables and tomato varieties from all over the world.


Chef Jérôme Laurent was born in Arles, Southern France to a family of six-generation hoteliers and restaurateurs. He was awarded with the distinguished one Michelin star for his restaurant “Le Cilantro” in 2007. In 2013, he moved to Asia and was elected the best French restaurant in Jakarta in 2013. He built up a highly distinguished career, starting from working with some of the greatest chefs in the world in their Michelin starred restaurants. His cuisine represents Mediterranean style with many roots of his ancestry. Chef Laurent’s appetite and love for his art indulges every palate with a discovery of various delights.


Chef Régis Triguel started his career with working with Alain Bureau at Maxim’s and Lancaster restaurants in Paris. He counts his first significant experience as working under Éric Brifara at Plaza Athénée hotel restaurant, Le Regence (2 Michelin-star).

Picking the best ingredients each region of France has to offer, he serves them under traditionally named plate with a modern sensitivity. He walks daily on the thin line between tradition and novelty, between childhood gustative memories and new discoveries, between classic French cuisine and interconnected world of tastes.



Chef Stéphane Postoyan was born in the village of Bourgoin-Jallieu, in France, nearby the French gastronomic metropolis Lyon. He started his career in Lyon, and was mentored by Monsieur Morel, a friend of many renowned Michelin starred chefs of the Lyon area as Guy SavoyTroigros, Bernard LoiseauPaul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon. Chef Stéphane moved to US and started his career in Chicago with Ritz-Carlton Hotel. With almost 10 years in Chicago, he once ran his own business “Stephane, your personal French Chef” for 2 years then joined the Sofitel Water Tower Chicago as Chef for 6 years. With his recent role at the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, he has been working for AccorHotels for 8 years by now.


About L’Olivier Restaurant

Refinement can be found at L’Olivier restaurant where our French Chef serves you creative and authentic Provence cuisine in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Saigon’s award-winning French restaurant L’Olivier welcomes guests to savor gourmet French cuisine and Michelin star promotions. Mediterranean-style décor, the restaurant emulates the ambiance of Southern Europe, using classic elements such as Ficus trees, veranda, beautiful tile flooring and textured providing down to earth and warm tones.

Opening hours:
Lunch: 11:30AM to 2:30PM
Dinner: 6:00PM to 10:00PM


About Mezz Restaurant

Mezz is an interactive buffet restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City which provides a new culinary discovery with international dishes and Asian specialties, along with imported products from France. Mezz is a bright yet cozy space with high wooden ceilings, retro tiled flooring, wine racks and a private mezzanine area which are gently complemented by the black and mustard colored seats. A stunning, vibrant signature yellow Molteni stove exclusively designed for Mezz is the first one in Vietnam.

Opening hours:
Breakfast: 6:00AM – 10:30AM
Lunch: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Dinner: 6:00PM – 10:00PM


About Sofitel
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is an ambassador of modern French style, culture and art-de-vivre around the world. Established in 1964, Sofitel is the first international luxury hotel brand to originate from France with over 120 chic and remarkable hotels in the world’s most sought after destinations. Sofitel exudes a refined and understated sense of modern luxury, always blending a touch of French decadence with the very best of the locale. The Sofitel collection includes such notable hotels as Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Sofitel is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome at more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. |








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